Monday, March 1, 2010
Should have been a day student.
"You should have been a day student."
I will never forget when a day student had the balls to speak those words to me. Yes, this person actually looked at me and those words escaped his mouth. This was at 5:00 p.m. I had left my job early to come and participate in a SBA function - A Quiz Bowl - where all the first year sections competed against each other. My class had voted me in to represent the evening students. The question asked had been taught to the day sections, but not the evening sections, so we had no idea (and note - I had made sure to advise the question makers in ADVANCE that it would be unfair to ask certain questions, but alas). In response to me telling the host that the evening section had not progressed that far in Civil Procedure, he said those horrible words to me. You should have a been a day student.
Normally at 5:00 p.m., this jacktard is leaving the law school, getting ready to finish up his day. Going to whatever dwelling he lives in, able to watch tv, eat dinner, go to bed before 2:00 a.m. Me? I had been up for about 11 hours at this point, worked for eight, and still had a good five hours left before I'd take my weary ass home. I had only read 30/40 pages for my first class that night and hoped I could get those last ten pages down before class, or I'd start praying I didn't get called on. I hadn't seen my husband during daylight hours in three days. And he said this to me.
Listen. While, yes, ideally, only going to school would be a great situation, I happen to prefer mine. I have a job that I love, a home that I love, a car that I love, and enjoy going out to nice dinners and going on trips. My job provides me with practical experience that is going to put me in a much better situation than if I had been just gone to school for three straight years. Do you know what the difference is between me and you, day student? THREE CREDITS. THREE HOURS of class time a week. I have 12 credits - you have 15. I also work forty hours a week and still volunteer, find time to participate in class activities, and have a husband and a dog and fun.
Why, yes, maybe it might be the traditional way to go to law school, I would not trade a single student in my section (well, okay, maybe a few), a single professor I have (ok, again, maybe one of them), or a single experience to be a day student.
So, no, buddy, you should have been an evening student!